Bihar is set to get its first Muslim woman Deputy Superintendent of Police in 27-year-old Razia Sultan. Razia, along with 40 others, has cleared the 64th Bihar Public Service Commission exams for the DSP post. The youngest of seven siblings, Razia is from Gopalganj and is currently working as a government assistant engineer. "I am very excited to serve as a police officer," she said.
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Embarking on controversy UP Women’s Commission member Meena Kumari said that giving mobile phones to girls can lead to rapes. Kumari made the controversial remark during a public hearing of complaints related to women in Aligarh district. "Mothers have a big responsibility. Today, if their daughters are careless, then mothers are responsible for that," she added. Besides, Anju Chaudhary, the commission's vice-chairperson distanced herself… read-more
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CBI’s banking fraud chief Sharada Raut is in Dominica with her team to bring back the fugitive diamantiare Mehul Choksi. Leading the investigation in Rs 13,500-crore PNB scam, Raut will be present in the June 2 hearing and will assist Dominican government. Caught recently while trying to escape Cuba, Choksi’s arrest has created a political controversy in the Caribbean country with opposition blaming Dominican PM as a part of conspiracy.
Creating history, Veena George, a member of CPI(M), will become the first journalist-turned-minister in Kerala. George has worked in various Malayalam news channels as a journalist and had entered politics in 2016 after winning an assembly seat from Pathanamthitta district. Having a Masters degree in Physics, George will be a part of the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Cabinet and will take oath on May 20 along with other newly-appointed ministers.
In its newly-constituted Cabinet, Assam got its first female Finance Minister in Ajanta Neog. The five-time MLA is appointed by the newly-sworn Assam Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who had held the same portfolio in the last Cabinet. Expressing her joy, the 46-year-old Finance Minister stated, "I am very happy that the honourable chief minister has entrusted this responsibility on me this is the time to work for people."
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In a first for India, an 83-member batch of women soldiers was inducted into the Indian Army on May 8 for a non-officer cadre. The soldiers have successfully completed their 61-week intense training including that of policing duties, military, signal communication, handling prisoners of war and maintenance of vehicles. The induction program was held at The Corps of Military Police Centre & School, Bangalore.
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As per an Oxfam International report, women in 202 have lost income to the tune of about $800 billion due to the pandemic. Shockingly, the amount is equivalent to the cumulative GDP of 98 countries. While Oxfam international's executive director Gabriela Bucher raised concerns about widening income gap, Women's Economic Empowerment's associate director Maria Bolis insisted on having gender sensitive policies. Notably, around 64 million women… read-more
In a shocking revelation, a report by the World Economic Forum has stated that women will have to wait for 135.6 years more to achieve gender equality. Citing job losses by women during COVID-19, the report made the pandemic responsible for delaying gender-equality targets. Tracking gender roles in 156 countries, the report added that women will need at least 267.6 years for workplace equality and 145.5 years to tackle the gender gap in… read-more
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To support women empowerment and gender equality, India on April 1 made a $300,000 contribution to UN Women. Moreover, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti, tweeted about the contribution highlighting the UN Women entity’s role in progress from women’s development to 'women-led development'. Thanking India for the support, the UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia said, “Women-led development envisions women… read-more
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India has fallen down to the 140th place in the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index 2021. Notably, the decline took place in indicators like political representation, economic participation and labor force participation rate. Shockingly, India also became the third worst performer in the South-Asia, only ahead of Pakistan (153rd) and Afghanistan (156th) in the 156-nation list. India was ranked 112th in the index's 2020 edition.
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